DALLAS -- The Ducks got off to the start they wanted, scoring two goals in the first period of Game 4 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. But their lead was short-lived, as Dallas reeled off four unanswered goals to even the best-of-7 series, 2-2. Game 5 will be played on Friday at Honda Center in Anaheim.
Dallas received goals from captain Jamie Benn, Vernon Fiddler, Cody Eakin and Alex Goligoski in the win.
Dallas stormed back with two goals in the second, one from Benn and another by Fiddler, to make it a 2-2 game after 40 minutes. Eakin and Goligoski then scored 2:07 apart in the third.
"I just need to have a short memory," said Andersen. "I need to be ready for the next game back in Anaheim, and that’s what I’m focusing on."
Benn had an empty-netter with 1:04 remaining in regulation nullified because the whistle had blown.
Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 17 saves in his second straight victory. Fiddler (goal, assist) and Shawn Horcoff (two assists) each contributed two points for Dallas.
Despite being without captain Ryan Getzlaf, a late scratch with an upper-body injury, Anaheim struck twice in the first period. Allen scored his first career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the opening period, blasting a slapper top-shelf past Lehtonen at 12:17.
Allen's goal was his first since Feb. 28, 2012 when he scored against the Nashville Predators as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, a span of 128 games. Lehtonen looked like he was at least partially screened by Stars rookie right wing Alex Chiasson on the play.
"We played good in the first period," said Perreault. "We got out to a 2-0 lead. Now going back home, we’re glad to go back in front of our fans. We’ve been good at home all year. Now, it’s a best-out-of-three, and we have two home games. We’re still positive."
Dallas needed little time to answer when Benn scored an unassisted goal 27 seconds into the second period. Benn won a faceoff against Perreault in the neutral zone and then raced up the ice, beating Andersen top-shelf on the short side for his third goal of the playoffs.
Dallas pulled even at 6:33 when Fiddler beat Andersen to the short side for his third career playoff goal. Andersen appeared to corral Fiddler's shot, but Fiddler's shot struck the Ducks goaltender in the midsection before crossing the line.
Anaheim nearly retook the lead midway through the second, but a Perreault wrister from the right circle at 10:57 instead hit the right goalpost.
The Stars were down to five healthy defensemen to begin the second period after rookie Patrik Nemeth was being evaluated. Nemeth did not return for the final two periods.
Dallas outshot Anaheim 16-3 in the second period.
The Stars created a solid opportunity off the rush early in the third, but an Eakin wrister deflected hard off the far post 58 seconds into the period.
Eakin, however, wouldn't miss on his next attempt when he beat Andersen to the far post with a wrist shot at 6:22 of the third to give Dallas their first lead of the game. It was Eakin's first career playoff goal.
Goligoski found the score sheet 2:07 later when he sent a wrist shot into the left side of the net from the slot. Fiddler made a solid backhand pass to Goligoski, who quickly finished to give Dallas a two-goal cushion.
Hiller made two saves in relief of Andersen.
"We need to come out hard," said Perreault, on the upcoming Game 5 in Anahiem. "We’ve played great hockey all year long at Honda Center. We have to play Ducks hockey and stick together."